World-Class Quartet: Arsenal could lose four stars if they fail to secure major trophy in 2016/17 – Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Man City readying bids
2016/17 could prove a crucial season for both Arsene Wenger and Arsenal Football Club as a whole.
After a decade plus without a Premier League title triumph and with their long-serving manager into the final year of his current contract and with the club’s long-suffering fans pushing for tangible success the North London club have started the season in strong fashion. But can they last the course?
Speculation is rife that a number of Arsenal’s top performers are being aggressively tracked by top European giants, with the chances of potential transfers likely to increase if the club doesn’t secure either a Premier or Champions League title.
The German international is said to be in ongoing contract talks with Arsenal with the 28-year-old looking for a big pay-rise, one that the Premier League side are unwilling to cover.
The Daily Express claims Arsenal are ready to offer Ozil, and Alexis Sanchez, deals worth £180k a week but the pair want as much as £250k, both players have less than 18 months to run on their current deals.
A move back to Real Madrid has been mooted recently and Bayern Munich are also keen on the playmaker and another season without a big trophy could prove disastrous.
The experienced Spanish international has matured into a strong central midfield talent, having moved from a more attacking role in recent seasons, and the 31-year-old is apparently a big target of Italian giants Juventus (Via the Daily Star).
The allure of a final chapter in Turin could prove tempting, especially given the Italian side’s strong form both domestically and in European club competitions.
Cazorla’s current Arsenal deal expires next summer.
Arsenal rejected a £34m bid from Juventus over the summer (Via the Daily Mirror) and the Serie A side are still keen on the Chilean and ready to try again next summer.
The South American has been a big hit since moving to England, bagging 25 goals in his debut campaign and 17 last term, but a move back to Italy may interest the former Udinese and Barcelona man.
The marauding right-back started his career at Barcelona and has been hotly tipped to return to the Nou Camp, though Man City are also tracking the Spanish international according to Sky Sports.
The 21-year-old is arguably the best right-sided defender in the Premier League and Arsene Wenger has of course previously lost the likes of Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor, Bacary Sagna and Samir Nasri to Man City. Who would bet against a similar sale?
Last Chance Saloon?
Whilst 20 consecutive top four finishes is a laudable achievement 12 seasons without a Premier League title makes poor reading, given that the season prior to this slump produced ‘The Invincibles’ it’s understandable why Arsenal fans would be unhappy with their lot.
One imagines that should Arsenal fail in their push for a title in 2016/17 that Wenger may not sign a new contract and whilst clearly instability would follow the veteran’s departure, as it did when Sir Alex Ferguson left Man United, there must surely come a point where the lesser of two evils is to try something new?